Take a page from us & discover fashion’s top tomes
What to read right now.
Fashion has become a literary genre unto itself. Whether you're updating your wardrobe, exploring a fashion era, or diving into a designer's memoirs, there are numerous topics and books to choose from.
But the true joy of reading about fashion isn't merely in discovering your favourite new designer. Beautiful fashion books are like jewellery for your coffee table, adding ambience to a home office, library or living room. The best ones live in your home forever, expanding your horizons, inspiring your style, and whisking you away on far-flung fashion trips.
Elizabeth Clarke takes us through her all-time favourite tomes, with outfits to match, that you’ll adore and your coffee will love you for.
A stunning homage to Dries Van Noten, one of our most loved designers here at Adam Heath and an original member of the Antwerp Six, the group of Belgians who transformed the city into a melting pot of avant-garde fashion in the 1980s. His eye for detail and eclectic designs combining different styles, colours, prints and shapes, has transformed the way we see fashion and wear it. More than simply a book, this is an experience.
Wear whilst reading… A mint Dries dress, naturally.
You don’t have to be a cat person to love this book. Arguably fashion’s most famous cat, Choupette – the beloved pet of the late Karl Lagerfeld – is the star of this book, in a series of snaps captured by the Kaiser himself. It’s a fascinating insight into the fashionable lifestyle of the Birman, an Instagram star with over 96.5k followers and said to have been included in Lagerfeld’s will. We want his life.
Wear whilst reading… A cool and comfy combo, and some catty kicks.
A journalist investigates the parallel threads between two of the most provocative and extraordinary names in fashion history: John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Equal parts biography and detailed social history, Gods and Kings follows the tale of two gay men in London and how their work accelerated the art of high fashion while falling into the clutches of corporate greed.
Wear whilst reading… McQueen would approve of Ulla Johnson’s complex and beautiful Twilight print.
Ahead of the movie version starring Lady Gaga, read up on the real life tale of Maurizio Gucci, in The House of Gucci. Murdered only steps away from his office building, his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (played by Lady G), was sentenced to 29 years in prison for arranging his murder. An absolute must-read for true-crime (and high-fashion) fans.
Stand-by for the November release of Tom Ford’s new book! The follow-up to his first best-seller, this dazzling collection of imagery from Ford’s clothing and accessories designs, magazine editorials and sexually charged advertising campaigns doesn’t disappoint. Curated with the designer himself, it is testament to his exceptional taste and aesthetic. If you are obsessed with fashion, style, and design, this highly anticipated book is for you. It will look great perched on your coffee table too.
Wear whilst reading… a homage to Tom Ford’s style in sexy tailoring, shades, and pair of killer heels.
We love this hilarious collection of autobiographical essays (and fun fashion goss) by former ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York. Funny, delightful and brilliant, this book is written for the ultimate night in. Just add wine.
Wear whilst reading…. A wonderfully cheery frock as fun and fabulous as this book and its author.
Written by British Vogue’s former long-time editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman, this fashion-fly-on-the-wall portrait is utterly riveting. Discover all you needs to know, from who’s who in the fashion zoo to making the Duchess of Cambridge a cover girl. Toss in multiple celebrity cameos and your weekend is made.
Wear whilst wearing… The fashion editor’s must-wear. An LBD.
Weekends are the perfect time to crack open a book, be it an old favourite or a glossy new release. Whether you're interested in Karl Lagerfeld's cat, the art of haute couture, or a photographer's legacy, there's a book for you.
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